Posted by: Tom K.
June 11, 2013

Tom K.

Launch Ramp Etiquette

Boating is fun. Fishing is fun. And the combination is outstanding.  There is one hurdle that we need to clear before we turn the bow towards our favorite hot spot and that is the boat ramp.  And with that being said, some of you are probably chuckling while others are getting steaming mad. I have the same mixed emotions myself, and when the ramp turns into a circus my patience drains really fast.  Rather than…

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Posted by: Andy
June 11, 2013

Andy

Father’s Day Suggestions

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  I don’t know about you, but it is tough to buy gifts for my Dad. Chances are, he already has one or he does not need anything else cluttering up the tool bench. For me, my Dad introduced me to the wonders of fishing, and I’d like to return the favor with a fishing adventure for him. In fact, according to a 2013 nationwide survey, a family outing was named the best type of…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 30, 2013

Tom K.

The Powers of Observation

There is an old saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”  I’ve found it to be true in the majority of instances, but when it comes to the affects of the winter on our fisheries that adage sometimes falls short.  When trees or rocks fall in to a river there is a change, or when storms pound the coast the erosion has to go somewhere, there is a change.  So on…

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Posted by: Andy
May 28, 2013

Andy

Learning to Cast from a Boat

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When taking a novice angler fishing on a boat, perhaps as a mentor or on a free fishing day, here are a few things to share: 1) One of the great parts of fishing from a boat is that you are going closer to the fish. Sometimes, you may even find yourself directly over fish. Long, forceful casts may not be necessary. A stealthy approach will be helpful too. Save the loud voices for the…

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Posted by: Tom K.
May 22, 2013

Tom K.

Safe Boating

Every time I go fishing I expect to catch fish.  Some days I catch a lot while other days I catch squat.  Every time I go boating I expect to return to the dock.  So far, that trend has held true and I’m thankful for it.  And as there is time and effort that goes into catching fish there is time and effort that goes into boating safely.  As the adage goes, “fail to plan,…

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Posted by: Andy
May 21, 2013

Andy

Memorial Day Weekend!

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The much-anticipated Memorial Day Weekend is almost here. And, if you are not sure where to go boating and fishing, check out our Places to Boat and Fish Map.  Here are a few reminders for enjoying the summer kickoff. 1) Between the power-fishing glitter bass boats, the lounging pontoons boats, the jet skis and kayaks, the boat traffic in some places may seem almost parade-like with a celebration of watercrafts. Be prepared to share the…

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Posted by: Andy
April 2, 2013

Andy

It’s A-Boat Time!

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I still have snow in the yard but the calendar says “Spring” and in the yard, there are shoots from flowers pushing skyward so I know it is time to go over my “Get the Boat Ready” list. 1. Is the boat registration up to date? Some state agencies require a yearly renewal, while others all renew on a certain date.  Best bet is to check your state’s boat registration dates and requirements. 2. Do…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
August 30, 2012

Elizabeth

How to Turn Your Phone in a Boating Safety Kit

When planning a trip out on the water, most typically start their checklist with the basics: fishing license, spinning rod, bait-casting rod, back-up rod, bait, snacks, sunscreen, nautical maps, tide chart, GPS, lucky ball cap and life jackets. Then, grab the kids, keys, wallet and you’re off! A great way to spend time with family and enjoy nature, boating and fishing are thought of as an escape, a way to de-stress. Disconnecting from a busy…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 21, 2012

Tom K.

Small Mistakes, Big Costs

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I was at a boat ramp the other day and saw a boat off the trailer sitting directly on the ramp.  Probably the only thing grimmer than seeing a boat that should be in the water perched on the ramp, has to be the sound of fiberglass hitting concrete.  Ouch. In preparation for the launch, the owner unhooked the tow strap and chain, and proceeded to back down the ramp.  He had a buddy behind…

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Posted by: Kirk
May 23, 2012

Kirk

PFDs… Make Them Fit

This week is National Safe Boating Week, which is a great campaign to heighten awareness of the things we should know as we get into the boating season in earnest. Take a little time to check out this link and remember the useful tips. After all, every week should be considered safe boating week. One thing, I want to talk about is a subject that I find particularly important, yet I notice gets overlooked frequently.…

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